Rhea Seehorn opens up about her character's relationship with Jimmy McGill in 'Better Call Saul'
Rhea Seehorn explains her character's relationship with Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill of 'Better Call Saul.'
The fourth season of 'Better Call Saul' is less than a week away now, with the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff set to premiere on Monday, August 6 on AMC. Despite many fearing that the show would do injustice to its predecessor, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have managed to ensure that the drama has maintained impeccably high standards, drawing up an ensemble of endlessly interesting characters with seemingly bottomless origins. One such character is Rhea Seehorn's Kim Wexler.
Having first featured in season 1 as a lawyer working under Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) at Hamlin, Hamlin, and McGill, Kim has grown in importance over the seasons and come to the fore as Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) law partner in the most recently concluded season. It's quite some growth for someone who had all of two lines to speak in the pilot, and who many predicted to have a minor role at best. In a recent interview with Newsweek, Seehorn opened up about her character's attraction to Jimmy, who is practically her polar opposite, as well as a few other aspects of the popular show.
"He's funny," she said, speaking of Jimmy, adding that he was "more loyal than everyone else in her life." She continued, "He’s honest, too — for the most part. He can be the voice of reason sometimes, which is crazy!" dismissing any suggestion that Kim was being played by her, the shady lawyer.
"Kim's too smart. And weirdly, that makes you assume that he must be intelligent too, or why would he be with someone who gets him? The writers work hard to make sure their characters are not dumb. Jimmy is a very good lawyer," she suggested.
The actress also spoke highly of her time on the show and working alongside Gould and Villigan, praising them for their eye-for-detail. "They are meticulous with everything, and either that feels freeing or confining," she said. "If you’re on a Peter Gould or Vince Gilligan project, it’s because you are able to find the freedom within those parameters."
"There aren’t a lot of directions on the page—you’ll never get a note like, 'At this point, they start arguing,'" she continued. "That allows us to play around with the director. We shoot many versions of every scene."
She also talked about how, because very little was known about her character, fans often troubled her to share details about Kim's past life. 'Better Call Saul' has, so far, only revealed that she moved to Albuquerque from a town on the Kansas-Nebraska border and that she met Jimmy at the HHM mail room before eventually rising through the ranks. And then, in season 2, she swooped in to steal Mesa Verde from the clutches of HHM.
Seehorn says this ambiguity is by design. "It’s because Vince and Peter insist upon the intelligence of the audience," she said. "When they write, they clearly have more than one intention, which allows viewers to come up with all kinds of interpretations," adding that fan theories may very well hold water to them.